The Chewed-Off Sun

As always being at the right place at the right time with the right equipment does give you the opportunity to get you some very nice things. Today is no exception, seeing that it not only contains several events in which I celebrate, but also a solar eclipse to boot.

Unfortunately it isn’t a full solar eclipse which would have been cooler since this one happens to be a rare annular eclipse at it’s peak. Then again, I doubt many people have the chance to witness the eclipse in full being that its peak occurs right smack in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

In any case, since I do happen to have a pair of eclipse goggles lying around and it wasn’t too cloudy. I jerry rigged it to my trusty little camera and snapped more than a handful of pictures for your viewing pleasure. Complete with captions and commentary, here are some of them.

Cloudy Day
You’d think you wouldn’t be able to snap anything, but there there is a dark shadow on the ground, there is a sun bright enough to take pictures of.

Spot In The Sky
Behold! With filters on, the sun appears to be nothing but a speck in the sky. But wait, this speck appears to be missing a chunk.

Partial Solar Eclipse
Gah! I heard of gluttonous beasts but who’s eaten my sun! What am I going to…oh wait…the moon is in the way.

So there we have it, the gist of the partial solar eclipse that graced Malaysian soil on the 26th of January, 2009. While more traditional and superstitious Chinese believe that having a solar eclipse come out on Chinese New Year day itself to be bad luck, the fact that I managed to end the day with these pictures proves that sometimes you do have to risk a little spiritually induced bad luck for a better end of the bargain.

If these photographs here didn’t do you any justice, you can view the rest of them at my Flickr set. Enjoy, because with things like this, it makes me think that maybe, just maybe, the rest of the year isn’t going to be so bad after all.

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